by Neil Finn

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The Finn family has a history of playing together, so it's not a surprise that Neil teamed up with his son Liam for a collaborative album. What may be surprising about Lightsleeper is how the father lets the son take the lead. Neil's signature melodic flair isn't absent, but it is obscured underneath layers of shambling guitars, supple strings, echoing keyboards, and rhythms that are used as texture as much as groove. All of these elements can be heard on some latter-day Neil records but are certainly signatures of Liam Finn, who spent much of 2014's The Nihilist exploring this territory. In comparison, Lightsleeper is warmer and sweeter, a reflection of both collaboration and a family vibe, and while the coziness is comforting, it's also a shade hazy. Despite a handful of sharply executed songs, such as the de facto Prince tribute "Where's My Room" and the similarly funky "Ghosts," Lightsleeper never quite coalesces. Instead, it drifts, floating from point to point, thought to thought, offering some memorable sounds along the way but never quite coming into focus.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/31/2018
Label: Inertia Records
UPC: 9332727051562
catalogNumber: 7051562
Rank: 135265

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Neil Finn   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Piano,Drums,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Mellotron,Slide Guitar,Acoustic Bass,Wurlitzer,Arp Strings
Mick Fleetwood   Percussion,Drums
Sharon Finn   Bass,Vocals
Liam Finn   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Drums,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Sampling,Loops
Harper Finn   Whisper
Kody Nielson   Drums
Jordan Stone   Conductor
Connan Mockasin   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Choir, Chorus
Elroy Finn   Percussion,Drums,Slide Guitar
Matthew Eccles   Percussion
Jimmy Metherell   Choir, Chorus
Devo Finns   Choir, Chorus
Elliot Finn   Vocals
Spiros Anemogiannis   Accordion
Elias Dendias   Bouzouki

Technical Credits

Tchad Blake   Producer,Engineer
Neil Finn   Composer,Producer,Engineer,beats
Sharon Finn   Composer
Liam Finn   Composer,Sound Effects,Producer,Engineer,beats,Cover Art
Paddy Hill   Engineer
Christine Bowie   Orchestration
Miranda Adams   Orchestration
Ashley Brown   Orchestration
Rachel Moody   Orchestration
Kody Nielson   Engineer
Jordan Stone   Engineer
Elroy Finn   Composer
Victoria Kelly   Orchestration,String Arrangements
Robert Ashworth   Orchestration
Dianna Cochrane   Orchestration
William Hanfling   Orchestration
Dave Homer   Artwork
Yuri Cho   Orchestration
Eliah Sakakushev-von Bismarch   Orchestration
Scott Seabright   Engineer
Caroline von Bismarck   Orchestration
Hayden Godfrey   Orchestration

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